Research has found that exercise can help us live longer, stronger and happier. It is the best anti-ageing solution which can also help us lose weight, think better, sleep sounder and give us a stronger heart.
A study was conducted where five men who were at the age of 50 were given a 6-month exercise program which gradually took them from sedentary and fat to active and fit. At the end of the exercise program, the results were observed.
The results showed that by gradually going from walking to jogging and biking over six months, the men had managed to restore their cardiovascular systems to the levels they had at the age of 20. In other words, 6 months of sensible exercise erased 30 years of aging.
A good fitness program includes healthy diet, aerobic and muscle toning exercises but aerobic exercise alone can make significant contributions to our well-being. Aerobic exercise improves the heart and circulation and can counter the effects of aging.
The typical older adult’s heart has a higher resting rate and muscles of the organ are stiffer. They typically have higher blood pressure, lower maximum pumping capacity and blood vessel stiffness too. Exercise can reverse or slow these conditions.
With just 15 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise, 3 to 5 times a week, we can experience lower blood viscosity which lets our blood flow more freely. Our metabolic rate will increase while our body fat decreases along with our blood sugar and insulin levels.
We will not only live longer but also enjoy our life more when we put an exercise plan in place. Even just 30 minutes of brisk walking every week can bring us a new lease on life.